Willand Parish Council are invited to comment on planning applications within the parish and any in the local area that Mid Devon District Council or Devon County Council consider would have an impact on the parish.  The Parish Council can also comment on proposed changes in Planning Law or policy documents. All members of the parish can comment as individuals.

Details of MDDC planning applications can be found on their website by using the reference number to search for it.  Anyone may make a comment on an application and the Parish Council would encourage residents to take an interest in the proposed development of the village.  Residents are advised to give planning reasons for supporting or objecting to an application in addition to any personal or general observations or concerns. Please click on the link below to go to the MDDC planning website.


Most of these issues are dealt with by the Planning Lighting and Transportation Committee which operates under the following terms of reference

Mid Devon Local Plan Review

We have nearly completed preparing a new Local Plan for Mid Devon (known as the Mid Devon Local Plan Review). This covers the district outside the Dartmoor National Park for the period to 2033. It identifies where new development can take place, including new homes, jobs, community facilities and infrastructure to meet our needs, and which parts of Mid Devon will be protected.  Once we have adopted the new plan it will replace existing plans and help guide planning applications submitted to the Council and decisions made on these.

Examination and Proposed Main Modifications

The new Local Plan is currently being examined by an independent Planning Inspector. Examination hearings were held in September 2018 and February 2019. The Planning Inspector published his post hearings advice note in May 2019, in which he set out what changes (‘Main Modifications’) are necessary to the plan to make it ‘sound’. We have followed the Planning Inspector’s advice note and have prepared a Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications to the plan, together with a Sustainability Appraisal Addendum, Habitat Regulations Assessment Addendum, and an Addendum to the Equalities Impact Assessment that are necessary because of the Proposed Main Modifications. We have also prepared a Schedule of Additional Modifications, which are ‘minor’ and include clarifications, corrections and factual updates to the plan. 

Opportunity to comment

There is now a 6 week opportunity for you to comment on these documents. The consultation will start on the 6th January 2020. We must receive your comments by 5pm on 17th February 2020.

With the exception of the Additional Modifications, we will then send these documents and comments received on them to the Planning Inspector so that he can take these into consideration. The Planning Inspector will then decide if the plan can be found ‘sound’ and legally compliant, or whether further examination hearings are needed, before he prepares his final report with his conclusions on the examination of the plan. Comments on the Additional Modifications will be considered by the Council.

Comments are not being invited on the unchanged content of the draft Mid Devon Local Plan Review that we submitted to the Planning Inspector in March 2017 for examination.

Further information about the Mid Devon Local Plan Review is available on our website here:


The consultation documents will be available to view online from the 6th January 2020 at www.middevon.gov.uk/LPRMainMods. You can also read printed copies of the consultation documents during the consultation period at libraries in Mid Devon and in the reception area for the Council’s offices at Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton.

You can comment on this consultation in the following ways:

Online (preferred method) at www.middevon.gov.uk/LPRMainMods. The online form is also available for downloading and printing for submission by email or post.

By email to planningconsultations@middevon.gov.uk  or

By post to Forward Planning, Mid Devon District Council, Phoenix House, Tiverton EX16 6PP

We encourage you to use a form that is provided, which will help the Planning Inspector consider your comments.

Your comments must be sent to us in writing and include your name and full postal address otherwise your comments cannot be registered. Please note your comments will be published on our website including your name and address. Your contact details will only be used by the Council to inform you about the new Local Plan and other planning matters.

For more information about how we use your personal data please see our Privacy Notice

www.middevon.gov.uk/PNRepresentations. Please let us know if you wish to unsubscribe or no longer wish to be kept informed about the new Local Plan.

Planning Lighting and Transportation Committee terms of reference

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Current Planning Applications

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Planning Decisions

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